A weekend of sales

Hi there, just a quick post to let you know that I’m trying a new feature with my Etsy shop and doing a long weekend sale beginning today Thursday December 10th at midnight Paris time until Sunday December 13th 23:00 Paris time. No code needed.

I’m offering -20% off all in stock items and to enjoy the discount just click here – happy shopping 🙂

New projects and SEWING as in actually using a sewing machine

Hi there, today I have two new projects to share with you, that is two new knitting projects plus one SEWING project. Yes sewing. I don’t know how you feel about that but it seems to me that sewing might be on its way to become the new “black” in knitting. It’s as if every knitting podcaster out there was also a seamstress and sewing away like crazy. So this prompted me to want to give that a try too.

I did learn sewing in school when I was a child but I never got the hang of it. I remember lots of frustration and anger battling with a sewing machine and just not ever understanding or enjoying it. But hey that was like 35 years ago! (Gosh! that makes me sound super old).

So anyway, I went online and searched for sewing classes in my neighbourhood and low and behold, there is this lady in my own town who does classes. And so I signed up for 2 classes, just to try. Those are individual classes so I get her attention all the time. I really wanted to understand more about sewing and what goes into it and to use a machine again. I chose a project and bought some fabric.

And last Saturday was my very first lesson and I chose to make a project bag -of course! So I showed her some of mine and we then made up our own pattern (I actually designed a project bag pattern!!!!!!). She explained a lot about fabric and pattern making and so forth and then she showed me how to work a modern, electronic sewing machine which is actually lightyears away from the sewing machines of my youth! Thank goodness! And in this first lesson I then designed my pattern, cut out the fabric pieces and sewed on the zipper! Next Saturday is my second lesson and then I will finish my project bag! I’m super excited about that. The fabric I chose is a Christmas fabric so I’ll be using the bag immediately and it is sure to put me in the Holiday spirit.

Here’s a picture of my project bag – here it is open flat with the zipper in the middle


I don’t know if I’ll become hooked on sewing but it was fun and it definitely makes me dream about sewing up a gazillion project bags and maybe even selling them.

Now on to knitting. So I’ve cast on for yet another new project.  My older daughter asked for a chunky, oversized sweater and so I let her browse Ravelry and she found a pattern she liked from Dropsdesign. The model is just called Drops 60-21 and it is a simple oversized sweater in broken fishermans rib. It is knit in pieces, that is back, front, sleeves and then everything has to be sewn together in the end. It’s been super long since I knit something like that so it’s a nice change for me. I bought the exact yarn the pattern was written for, Drops Lima which is a merino and alpaca blend at an incredibly low price which makes the sweater only cost 25Euros which is amazing.


Here you can see a closeup of the patterning. I’m not very far yet but I think it will be nice.

I also cast on for a new shawl. I recently bought the KLEE Collection by Renée Callahan of East London Knits and just discovered that she is doing a KAL and there will be prizes and even thought  I never win anything it does make me dream so I decided to join in the fun. I’m going to knit the Angelus Novus shawl which is knit using a DK weight yarn, so quite a heavy shawl, perfect for winter. I’m using hand dyed yarn by myself, it’s a roving style alpaca yarn so lots of lovely halo and some fuzziness and  mostly just super warm and soft to the touch. I’m not very far into it because I’m trying to be serious and finish my Christmas gifts first but every now and then I sneak in a few rows.

I met Renée first when I participated in the Unwind Brighton yarn show and I really love her designs and then she is just such a nice person. I like to think that buying her patterns and sharing her work might just help her a little bit on her way to knitting stardom. So I do encourage you to check out her blog (link above) and her Ravelry pattern store for some inspiration.

That’s all for today. Take care and enjoy your knitting until next time 🙂









One FO and some works in progress

Hi there, I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was way busier than I had expected and so I was not able to post and organise the giveaway I had told you about! I’m really sorry about disappointing you on that but I promise I’ll do it next Friday – because next Friday the 11th I have a day off from work! Youpi!!!! So I’ll have the time to write my review of the products in question and launch the giveaway and that way you’ll have the weekend to participate and I’ll be able to announce the winner next Monday the 14th of December.

Now on to finished objects. I finally finished my Westknits kal, the Doodler. I’m really pleased with the colours I chose and the finishing I chose. Once it was done I admit I had a moment of doubt because of the shape. I wondered how to wear it and if I would actually use it but then I played around a bit and it actually wears well and I used it all weekend to keep me warm so thats great.


Those of you who also did the cal, have you finished yours? Are you happy with the shape and colours you chose? I’d love to see some pictures if you are willing to share with us:)

I’m currently working on a number of projects and I still have to cast on 1-2 more for some Christmas gifts. I think I may be in over my head. I probably should have just stuck with knitting for my Christmas gifts and ONLY once I finished those should I have cast on for more! But….where’s the fun in that? So no I’m knitting a gazillion things that have nothing to do with Christmas as well!

First there is this tam that actually is a Christmas gift. I bought the pattern during the Indie Designer Giftalong on Ravelry and it is called Flavia and the designer is Beth Kling. The yarn I’m using is by The Uncommon Thread. I’m at the beginning of the decrease section so hopefully I’ll finish this one soon.


This is me wearing the tam/hat and as you can see it is a textured pattern with twisted stitches and I think it will look great once finished.

Then there’s the non Christmas knitting. I’m working on a cardigan for myself. The pattern is by Linda of Kettle Yarn Co and I’m using her Waltham Worsted hand dyed yarn too. The pattern is called Brynja and this will make for a beautiful textured, thick cardigan that I can see myself wearing all winter long and maybe even all year round depending on the weather here in Normandy. The pattern is easily memorised and you don’t need to use a cable needle for the faux cables which speeds thing up.


The color I chose is a very light grey and I chose that because I want this to go with whatever I’m wearing underneath. This is knit in one piece, back and forth up to the armholes, then one knits the sleeves and then the sleeves are joined to the rest of the body and the whole thing is knit in one piece to the end. This is great because it means minimal sewing up once you’re done with the knitting.

Well, this is all for today. I hope you all have a great Monday and a wonderful week ahead of you all. Take care until next time.



Some exciting new aquisitions

Hi there, I hope you are doing good and that you had a great weekend. I spent the weekend meeting friends I hadn’t seen for over a year so that was a lot of fun. As a consequence, not much knitting got done this weekend but it was for the good cause so that’s fine.

I don’t have any finished objects to share with you today but some works in progress.

First there is the Stephen West Mystery KAL, the Doodler. So the fourth and last clue has been published and yesterday I just finished clue number three so I’ll be working on the last clue later today. The last clue is basically just the bind off so not much left – which is not quite true because at this stage there are a gazillion stitches per row so even if I only have a few rows left, those will take some time to complete.

The pattern offers 3 possibilities for bind off and I’m going with option number 2 which is to do a few rows of garter stitch before doing an icord bind off.

Here’s a picture of my shawl today. It’s not easy to photograph because it is so big and as it is still on the needles it is all scrunched up.


The Doodler after clue 3

I’m thinking of doing the small garter stitch border in color A which is the speckled one and then bind off in color B which is the one used in between wedges on the main part of the shawl and for the cable at the top.

Now as today’s title says, I have some nice acquisitions to show you today.

First off, I saw a post from Laura Nelkin on Facebook a while ago about a new mystery pattern that she designed for this knitting cruise she is doing  now beginning of December and for those of us not lucky enough to go on the cruise, it was possible to purchase the kit anyway. So I did! I have now received the yarn and beads and the pattern will be delivered once the cruise has ended or December 10th. So that is super exciting. Also the yarn is a silk/linen blend hand dyed by Anzula fibres and that alone was enough to make me buy the kit because I’ve never tried their yarn before. Here’s a picture of my kit


The Crucero Shawl Kit by Laura Nelkin

Don’t you just love the colour of the yarn and beads? I think it looks very Caribbean:) And the coconut chocolate that came along with it was delicious too:) So I’m excited about knitting this.

And my second purchase was also a complete kit of sorts, this time from Kettle Yarn Co in the UK.

I purchased Linda’s design as well as her yarn. The pattern is for a thick cardigan and is called Brynja


I bought her Waltham Worsted yarn as the pattern calls for and I have just cast on. I think this will make for a gorgeous cardigan that I will probably use a lot this winter. I work from home in front of a computer so I don’t move around a lot and in winter the house is sometimes chilly so I always have layers on and this will be just perfect!

Here’s a picture of my progress so far


Brynja Cardigan by Linda of Kettle Yarn Co


Kettle Yarn Co Waltham Worsted in Graveney

This is a very subtle, soft grey and I chose this color as I think it will go with absolutely everything.

Also for next week I’ll be sharing with you my first real experience at sewing! Yes as it seems that sewing is the new “Black” for knitters judging by all the knitting podcasts I’m watching these days, I now want to try sewing myself! And I have found a lady in my town that teaches sewing and I’m going to my first class this coming Saturday! I’ve booked 2 classes so far and I’m planning to sew my very first project bag! So I really look forward to doing that and I’ll be sharing that adventure with you next week.

That’s about all today I think. I will soon be sharing a review of some exciting new knitting accessories/tools and there will be a giveaway with that so stay tuned. I’m hoping that will be on for next weekend.

So until next time, take care and enjoy your crafting:)